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Dec, 2019

Southern Soccer Academy Kings USL2 Head Coach Announced


MARIETTA, GA – SOUTHERN SOCCER ACADEMY KINGS have announced on Wednesday that the club have appointed Kelham O’Hanlon as the first Head Coach in the club’s USL 2 history. O'Hanlon will be moving into the role alongside his current position as NPL Director for the Southern Soccer Academy Youth Program.

King’s General Manager, Simon Davey said, “Having worked at Both Barnsley FC and Preston North End FC with Kelham and now at Southern Soccer Academy, he was the ideal choice. Kelham has coached and played at the highest level and has worked with world renowned coaches; bringing a wealth of experience to the role. Kelham has been a Director at SSA for 6 years and has coached over 1000 professional games in The English Football league. We look forward to seeing Kelham pass on this knowledge and experience to our pre-professional USL league 2 roster.

O’Hanlon has been apart of the SSA coaching staff since 2013. The Middlesbrough native brings great experience to USL with O’Hanlon’s professional playing experience including more than 600 Senior 1st team appearances in the EFL and SPL, as well as appearances with the U-21 and Senior Republic of Ireland National teams. O’Hanlon’s managerial experience includes stints working with Craig Brown and David Moyes and 12 years of managerial experience in the EFL & SPL. O’Hanlon currently holds a UEFA A License and LMA Diploma in Management-Warwick University. 

“I’m thrilled to be a part of a club that has a proven professional pathway for our athletes. Since its founding Southern Soccer Academy has continually produced top level players, the introduction of USL League 2 provides even more opportunities for our athletes. I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to a new role within the club and competing in Summer of 2020”.

SSA King’s will be continuing their coaching announcements throughout the week, naming their technical staff and bio’s will be available on the website at

ABOUT USL League 2

The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

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